Screen plays

Thaddeus O’Connor-Dunphie

Pirates of the Caribbean




The scene opens up and begins on the ocean on a dark night this is the scene heading and it can also be known as a slug line, these are always placed usually at the top of screenplays because every film opens with a beginning scene to set the setting. In a screenplay a key principle is to only write what the audience can see or hear, and as you can see that is exactly what this screen play does it says The SOUND and the word sound is all in caps to let you know that this is what the audience can hear and it is the sound of wind and water and lines creaking. We hear a man singing, voice pitched low…

Then after that we are introduced to the very first character of the entire movie but this character does not have a name as we do not actually see him we only hear his voice which is why he Is only called MAN’S VOICE, and the reason for this being in all caps is because a principle rule in screenplays is that when a character is introduced their name we always be in all caps the very first time they’re introduced and then for the rest of the screenplay their name will be back to normal with just the first letter of their name in caps. In addition to this the man’s voice is singing a pirate song saying fifteen men on a dead man’s chest, yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum… This is dialogue and it is also an extremely important principle in screenplays as it allows the audience to be able to hear what the characters are singing whether it be in a conversation, singing or anything else.

Screenplays are very important because people need to know how the movie is going to be produced and what is going to happen, It is like a script but with even extra detail as you can see how the characters are acting for example if a character said something and they was sleepy it could possibly say in brackets (Groggy) and this is known as a parenthesis and it is also a very common theme and principle which is used in screen plays.

Importance of the rules of screenplays and why they are used

Scene heading or slug line                                                                                                                            This is used so that we can clearly see and understand the importance of where the movie is set, because if we did not have an opening scene or slug line then we would have no idea where the setting of the movie is. To make this even easier to understand where the setting is the scene heading and slug line are usually all in caps to stand out and clearly show its importance.

Only write what the audience can see                                                                                                        It is extremely important to do this rule because if you were to write something that the audience could not see then they would be confused and lost in what’s going on, so you have to make sure that everything you write in a screenplay can be clearly seen by the audience.

Dialogue                                                                                                                                                            Dialogue is also another very important principle to have in screen plays because without them there would be no speaking or conversations between characters so there must be dialogue so that the audience can see what the characters are saying and to identify what’s going on.

Parenthesis                                                                                                                                                     This is also a very important to have and be used in screen plays as these help us the audience to understand how the character is feeling for example if a character was feeling in groggy then it should be put in brackets before the dialogue begins so that we know the character is talking in a groggy manor.


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